OMA has been selected by the Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux (CUB) to develop a strategy for the introduction of 50,000 new housing units across 27 communes. The strategy will seek ways to achieve density, mixed use and accessibility for the new housing over a territory of 550km2, allowing Bordeaux to absorb population growth in a sustainable way. At the same time, the scheme must develop density without being necessarily urban. more
Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf has opened its first generic store, designed by OMA as a blueprint for future V&R stores around the world, inside Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London. Full project details... more
The Barbican Art Gallery in London has announced a major exhibition this October on OMA, with the theme of PROGRESS. The exhibition will be guest curated by Rotor – a collective based in Brussels, known for their recent exhibition in the Belgian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. Working with material processes and their use and re-use in architecture, Rotor’s approach will yield fresh insight into both the built projects and conceptual work of OMA and AMO. more
Victor van der Chijs, Managing Partner at OMA, is one of nine industry leaders who will head a 'top team' charged with exploring ways of stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The team will focus on the creative industries, and consists of representatives from creative companies, research institutes and government. The key objective of the project, called To the Top – Towards a New Enterprise Policy is to give entrepreneurs more scope for their activities and enable them to grow. The 'top team' will generate recommendations to help creative companies compete on the world market and benefit from growing world trade.
Moscow, 25 January, 2011 – OMA/AMO is a finalist in the competition to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, or "Russian Silicon Valley," 20 kilometers outside Moscow. Announcement of the winner is imminent. more
Facade work has begun on Shenzhen Stock Exchange, designed by OMA as the new home for China's equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for high-tech industries. See link below for more of the latest construction images. The facade of the tower is scheduled for completion at the end of August, with the facade of the floating podium – suspended 36 metres over a public plaza and projecting 54 metres from the base of the tower – to be completed at the end of October. Full project info more
The Dee and Charles Wyly theatre in Dallas, designed by REX/OMA, has received the 2011 Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The AIA jury called the Wyly "a totally new way to investigate the potential of performative experimentation" which has "completely re-choreographed the way in which one experiences a theater." more
Edwin Heathcote, architecture critic of the Financial Times, interviewed Rem Koolhaas over lunch at the Venice Biennale:
"Now 66 years old, he is perhaps the most influential architect of our age. His designs span the world, from Seattle to Beijing, New York to London and include work at every conceivable scale, from museums and theatres to corporate HQs, shops and books … He is also one of the few architects who still talks about ideas and politics …The pizza arrives ... I look sympathetically at Koolhaas who, removing his cheese, is left only with dough and tinned tomato. He does this with the detachment of a pathologist removing organs, then orders another espresso, apparently surprised I still don't want one." Full article
OMA is pleased to announce Iyad Alsaka and David Gianotten as new partners in the company. Their appointment supports OMA's growing number of architectural and research projects in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. more
Shohei Shigematsu, OMA partner and director of the New York office, lectures in Quebec City on architectural thinking in the financial crisis, and OMA's design for a new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The lecture, on 30 September, took place at the Musée de la civilisation as part of the University Laval School of Architecture's 2010-2011 conference series. Recording via Télé-Québec.
Rem Koolhaas and associate Clement Blanchet have received the Fooding 2010 award for best interior design for Le Dauphin, a new restaurant by chef Fred Penau in a new development area in the 11th arrondissement in Paris. The design, an "obsession in white" made with marble, mirrors and wood, provides a pure scenographic background for Le Dauphin's cuisine. The materials enlarge the 80m2 space through reflection, as street-facing mirrored surfaces blur the boundary between interior and exterior. Le Dauphin, scheduled to open at the beginning of December, was conceived as a complement to Le Châteaubriand, one of the world's most critically acclaimed restaurants, also by Fred Peneau, and Iniaki Aispitarte, located two doors down. The Fooding prize is a new alternative to the traditional French restaurant rating system, and is awarded by lefooding.com, an alternative restaurant and culinary guide.
OMA partner and director of the New York office Shohei Shigematsu spoke at the TEDx East conference on Interconnectivity in New York today. Shigematsu's talk, 'Superspecific,' was on architecture's dependence not only onprogram, site, and zoning restrictions, but on a larger matrix of economic and emotional connections. (Video coming soon.)
Rotterdam, 9 November 2010 – Ground will be broken today for Maggie's Centre Gartnavel, a facility in Glasgow providing emotional and practical support for people living with cancer, their families and friends. Designed by OMA, the building, which is located on the grounds of Gartnavel hospital and close to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, is one of several Maggie's Centres in the UK and part of a pioneering project using thoughtful architecture and innovative spaces as tools for solace and healing. more
Monocle magazine talks to Rem Koolhaas about preservation and OMA's plans for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi at this year's Venice architecture biennale. "What is very important to realise is that Venice is not a stable entity. It's physically threatened but it's also threatened from depopulation,” Koolhaas says. Accordingly, the Fondaco is "a very deliberate effort to inject in that building but also in Venice a very strong, alive and intense and modern experience."
Rem Koolhaas discusses OMA's practice in an interview with Dutch Design Fashion Architecture: "I don't think you can make critical architecture because, in a sense, architecture always supports someone else's impulse. On the other hand I think our architecture is thoroughly critical because every subject, every question, every ambition is analysed and is placed on the operating table, as it were..."
For his NOW Interview project, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed every participating architect and artist at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. In the Arsenale on 25 August, Obrist talked to Rem Koolhaas about preservation and OMA's "Cronocaos" exhibition. This video, along with dozens of others, is now playing in the Arsenale. Via la Biennale Channel.
The first ever "high level" cultural forum between the European Union and China, in Brussels this Wednesday and Thursday, will include a talk by Rem Koolhaas on interactions between the continents, and on OMA's ongoing work in China. The forum will be introduced by China's prime minister Wen Jiabao and the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. Other participants include Umberto Eco, Julia Kristeva and Peter Sloterdijk. More info here. more
Hong Kong, 28 September 2010 – OMA's first completed project in Hong Kong opens today: museum-quality exhibition space and offices for the Edouard Malingue Gallery, the city's first gallery dedicated to Impressionist and Modernist masterpieces. more